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dc.contributor.authorLavery, Andone C.
dc.contributor.authorSchmitt, Raymond W.
dc.contributor.authorStanton, Timothy K.
dc.date.accessioned2008-10-22T15:39:45Z
dc.date.available2008-10-22T15:39:45Z
dc.date.issued2003-11
dc.identifier.citationJournal of the Acoustical Society of America 114 (2003): 2685-2697en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1912/2523
dc.descriptionAuthor Posting. © Acoustical Society of America, 2003. This article is posted here by permission of Acoustical Society of America for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 114 (2003): 2685-2697, doi:10.1121/1.1614258.en
dc.description.abstractAcoustic scattering techniques provide a unique and powerful tool to remotely investigate the physical properties of the ocean interior over large spatial and temporal scales. With high-frequency acoustic scattering it is possible to probe physical processes that occur at the microstructure scale, spanning submillimeter to centimeter scale processes. An acoustic scattering model for turbulent oceanic microstructure is presented in which the current theory, which only accounts for fluctuations in the sound speed, has been extended to include fluctuations in the density as well. The inclusion of density fluctuations results in an expression for the scattering cross section per unit volume, σv, that is explicitly dependent on the scattering angle. By relating the variability in the density and sound speed to random fluctuations in oceanic temperature and salinity, σv has been expressed in terms of the temperature and salinity wave number spectra, and the temperature-salinity co-spectrum. A Batchelor spectrum for temperature and salinity, which depends on parameters such as the dissipation rates of turbulent kinetic energy and temperature variance, has been used to evaluate σv. Two models for the temperature-salinity co-spectrum have also been used. The predictions indicate that fluctuations in the density could be as important in determining backscattering as fluctuations in the sound speed. Using data obtained in the ocean with a high resolution vertical microstructure profiler, it is predicted that scattering from oceanic microstructure can be as strong as scattering from zooplankton.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported in part by ONR, NSF, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.en
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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherAcoustical Society of Americaen
dc.relation.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.1614258
dc.subjectAcoustic wave scatteringen
dc.subjectUnderwater acoustic propagationen
dc.subjectOceanographyen
dc.subjectRemote sensingen
dc.subjectOceanographic techniquesen
dc.titleHigh-frequency acoustic scattering from turbulent oceanic microstructure : the importance of density fluctuationsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doi10.1121/1.1614258


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